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What’s New…

Hello all,

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Brisbane sewists and crafters.  Last week was the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show and I spent the 5 days demonstrating the Bernina Q series machines – the Q24 long arm and the Q20 sit down quilting.  There is nothing like a hands-on experience to get a ‘feel’ for a machine and try the features of different models.  It was exhausting but great to catch up with so many familiar faces.

This Craft and Quilt Show incorporates the Queensland Quilters Quilt Show each year.  This is an annual showcase of work contributed by members of all experience levels from across the state.  Below are few of my favourites but head over to Queensland Quilters website for a complete wrap up of the show including a showcase of the prize winning quilts.  Have your thought about joining your State guild?  They have an amazing amount of resources available to members – workshops, libraries, special interest groups (modern quilters, applique groups).  Membership is very reasonably priced and is open to all not just those able to attend the monthly meetings.

This week in the studio, I have had the pleasure of quilting a classic blue and gold jelly roll quilt and a modern style repeated block with a classic white background.  Both of these quilts have been quilted in simple edge to edge designs.  These designs provide support and structure to the quilt without overtaking the beauty of the piecing.  Both are now ready for trimming and binding.  Beautiful!  Check out the Quilt Gallery for more details.

Do you have quilt tops but can’t face the thought of basting together and squashing through your home sewing machine?  I can help you get your quilts finished.  I can thread baste for you to hand quilt or stitch in the ditch and you can add your own accents of quilting.  Just need to get it finished?  I can tailor the quilting to suit your ideas and budget.

Are you planning quilts as Christmas gifts this year?  It’s only a little over 2 months to the day the big guy heads down the chimney and my quilting bookings are filling fast, so if you need a quilt done by a particular date, send me an email (info@sewntogether.com.au) and I will you book you in.  You don’t need to wait until the top is finished,  just let me know when you expect to have it ready and when you need it by.  Measurements and quilting style (edge 2 edge, blocks and borders, full custom) is helpful too.

Need to brush up on your basic patchwork skills or know someone who is wanting to learn the basics?  I am teaching a Quilting Basics Course at Sewing Adventures in Salisbury, Brisbane commencing Tuesday October 23 for an evening or Thursday October 25 for a morning class.  For more information or to book, head over to Sewing Adventures website.

We will be completing a simple square in a square project, learn about adding borders, straight line quilting on a domestic machine and how to complete a binding.  Everything you need to get started but simple enough for someone just starting their sewing journey.

Most of you would know that I love English Paper Piecing (EPP).  It’s the type of project that doesn’t have you tied to a sewing machine.  It’s portable and handy for those waiting times – doctors’ appointments, childrens sport or when you just want a peaceful project to work on while watching a movie or binge watching you favourite TV series.  The lovely Danni at The Quilting Patch in Nowra NSW has made a La Passacaglia Mini Set of Eppiflex templates.  What was she thinking!!!!!!  So of course, I am going to give it a try.  The completed rosette is only about 6″ across and is made up of 110 pieces.

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What’s New

Hi all,

Just a quick update to catch you all up on what’s been happening here at Sewn Together.

 

I had an amazing day yesterday at Bernina Head Office in Sydney.  I was given the opportunity to attend advanced Q-matic training with the Aggy Burczyk,

Bernina’s International Long Arm Product Manager.  To be able to spend the day learning more and being able to ask a million questions about this machine was priceless.

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last couple of weeks in the studio, I have had the pleasure of working a couple of quilts that represent opposite ends of the sewing spectrum.

Firstly, I have had the pleasure of completing a long term UFO (Unfinished Object) in the most vibrant of colours.  This was a project started many years ago and is a Drunkards’ Path variation with bias binding over the curved seams and finished with decorative stitching. The owner of the quilt has had many years of experience sewing and quilting and it’s so nice to see the variety of projects she has tackled.  I attended the same workshop and am embarressed to admit, mine is not finished…but now that I have seen how great this looks, I’m very motivated to get it completed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the other end of the spectrum, I have been able to bring to life a quilt from a young woman who is just beginning her sewing and quilting journey.  Although still a teenager, her enthusiasm and lack of fear have enabled her to tackle a project that many more experienced quilters would not tackle. I know that she has learnt a lot making this quilt – what to do and what not to do.  She is definitely a ‘natural’ and I can’t wait to see her next project.  Check out the gallery for more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who are new to patchwork and quilting, I am very excited to announce that I am teaching a 5 week beginners course at Sewing Adventures at Salisbury in Brisbane.  There is a daytime and an evening session.  This is a perfect way to get started in stress free and relaxed environment.  The course will cover basic skills such as rotary cutting and accurate piecing using a 1/4″ seam foot all the way through to quilting your lap quilt and finishing off with a traditional binding.  NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED, just enthusiasm and a love of fabric.  For more info, head over to Sewing Adventures website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading to the Craft and Quilt Fair?  Pop by Bernina Australia’s stand and say ‘hello’.

 

That’s all for this week.  I hope you can find some sewing time this weekend.  Some states have a public holiday on Monday so maybe that could be dedicated sewing day! For those who love the footy, you have a bumper weekend ahead of you.

Happy Sewing

Theresa

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August Wrap-Up

Hello and welcome to our August review!

September marks the start of spring here in Australia.  Here is Queensland we have very mild and dry winters but spring marks the end of winter sports (think hockey, rugby union and league, soccer and netball) and the start of ‘beach’ weather (think surf lifesaving, beach holidays on long golden beaches).

This also is a traditional time for ‘spring cleaning’.  Time to get those unfinished quilt tops out and completed before starting on a new spring inspired project.  To help you get those tops finished, I am offering 10% off all quilting for September.  Just email a photo of your quilt top and the measurements, let me know the style of quilting you would like and I will prepare a quote for you.  Not in the Brisbane area?  No problem,  couriers or insured postage can be easily arranged.

We have completed 5 more blocks as part of our Strawberry Hill Quilt.  For those that have not yet joined the fun, we are using blocks from the New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar by Katja Marek.  Our blocks are English paper pieced and we are aiming to complete about 5 blocks per month.  It’s not too late to start as the tutorials for all the previous blocks can be found here.

I have also had the opportunity to quilt a couple of amazing quilts this month.  Some are for gifts so they cannot be revealed just yet but here are a couple of photos to get you motivated to finished those projects.  Check out our gallery.

Time to do some fun quilting with rulers.

Happy Sewing

Theresa

 

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Strawberry Hill Quilt – July Review

Hi all,

Wow! July has been a busy and somewhat stressful month here at Sewn Together.  As some of you would be aware, I was employed as a patchwork teacher and long arm quilter at a patchwork store based in the southern suburbs of Brisbane called Sewco Sewing and Patchwork.  A couple of weeks ago, the store owner made the difficult decision not to renew the lease on the premises and to close down the store and retire after 26 years of trading.  Sadly, the last day of trading for Sewco was last Saturday, Ausust 4th.  As you can imagine this was a rather stressful time for the staff and customers.

But as one door closes, another often opens.  The opportunity was presented to me to purchase the Bernina Q24 long arm quilting package!  I had been working in store using the machine and quilting for customers so I knew what an amazing piece of machinery it is, but to buy it and work at home and be self-employed, well that is a ‘whole different ball game’ so to speak.

Sometimes opportunities come from the least expected places and I have taken the plunge and purchased the long arm. This meant a complete rearrangement of most of the house and a good excuse to have a clean out.  So, I now have a wonderful, bright airy quilting and sewing studio and the rest of the house, well, I’ll get to it later.  Quilting is more important than housework, right?

As a result of the turmoil of the last few weeks, the last 2 blocks for July for the Strawberry Hill Quilt have slipped under the radar.  I have had a week of catch-ups and these tutorials are now available, making a total of 5 for the month of July and 17 blocks in total.  View the tutorials here.

I hope you have had a great month and don’t forget to post photos or progress shots of your blocks in our Facebook group. The first block for August will be available tomorrow.

 

Happy Sewing

Theresa

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Strawberry Hill Quilt – June Wrap Up

The month of June seems to have just flown by!  The step-by-step tutorials for the next 6 blocks have been added to the Sewalong Page.

Block 7 – June 8
Block 8 – June 10
Block 9 – June 16
Block 10 -June 21
Block 11 – June 22
Block 12 – June 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month’s blocks feature some new shapes to work with, some great fussy cutting options and an intricate block made up of 31 pieces.

I hope you are enjoying each new block and the new skills you are building with each piece you stitch.

Remember, this is not a race.  It’s not too late to begin this project. Sit back, relax and enjoy the mindfulness of hand stitching.

Don’t forget to join our Facebook group and post photos of your progress.

Happy Stitching,

Theresa.